1970 Cadillac Sedan DeVille acquired for teenage boy
Having owned a 1970 Cadillac for several years Scott Minesinger is well acquainted its driving character. As his son, Jack, approached driving age the father thought what better first car for his son than a 1970 Cadillac. The search began and a low-mileage, rust-free 1970 Cadillac Sedan DeVille four-door hardtop was located in Baltimore.
When the original owner of the Sedan Deville died in 2012 ownership was transferred to his grandson, but the grandson soon realized he could not garage the Cadillac as his grandfather had always done.
The senior Minesinger investigated and saw the 35,000-mile 1970 model was free of rust, dings or dents. He bought the Cadillac and drove it to his brother-in-law’s home where he could hide it until Christmas when the junior Minesinger could be presented with the Cadillac.
Records show the 1970 Sedan DeVille left the factory with an enormous 472-cubic-inch V-8 engine that developed 375 horsepower. The automatic transmission gear pattern is from the left: Park-Reverse-Neutral-Drive 1-Drive 2-Low. Optional equipment ordered by the original owner included power seats, locks, and windows; cruise control; padded vinyl roof; two exterior mirrors; tilt/telescopic steering wheel and climate control air conditioner.
Occupants of the lengthy 4,725-pound vehicle comfortably ride on the 129-inch wheelbase that supports the 18-foot, 9-inch-long Cadillac. The 26-gallon fuel tank affords a range of close to 400 miles.
Standard goodies on the Sedan DeVille include the remote trunk release, as well as the Twilight Sentinel which automatically activates the headlights.
“It’s a highway cruiser,” the senior Minesinger admits.
Since acquiring the Cadillac, father and son together have labored to return the luxury automobile to like-new condition. A new hydraulic brake system has been installed from the booster to the wheel cylinders.
All the coolant has been replaced and all of the rubber parts have been replaced with new rubber. A new engine hood pad has been ordered and a new single exhaust system has replaced the original.
In 1970, Cadillac offered a total of eleven body styles in three series on four wheelbases. When new the four-door hardtop had a base price of $6,118 with an ineffective radio antenna imbedded in the windshield.
Young Jack Minesinger enjoys his silver car with the blue upholstery inside and the dark blue vinyl top outside. While at the three-spoke steering wheel the teenager takes notice of the controls for the wipers and washers on the door. The yard-long fender skirts help to hide the 15-inch tires.
Jack Minesinger has yet to acquire the “official” permit to drive the Cadillac he has made roadworthy.
“It’s basically a land yacht,” he says.
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